Windows 11 modern alert boxes

With Windows 11, Microsoft is planning to modernize alert dialogs. As you’re probably aware, these Windows alert dialog box are displayed when something unexpected requires immediate user action.

For example, Windows 10 comes with a feature that would help you avoid the risk of losing data when your device is about to run out of power. The alert dialog on Windows 10 are currently using Windows 8-era Metro UI, but the design is apparently getting updated with WinUI controls.

In the latest preview build, Microsoft is updating the interface of several system alert dialog boxes, such as the alert dialog for low battery. Likewise, a new alert dialog will be used when you change your display settings. The company is slowly replacing Windows 8-era dialog boxes with their modern and WinUI alternative, and the work isn’t yet done.

Windows 11 modern dialog

For example, the dialog box that lets you rename the PC name is still based on Windows 8 metro design.

The good news is that Microsoft has confirmed it will be updating several system alert dialog boxes in the upcoming preview builds.

Power modes on Windows 11

In the most recent Windows 11 preview update, Microsoft has restored support for Power modes in Windows Settings app. By default, Windows sets devices to a “Balanced” power plan by default, but you can always switch between power efficient and high-performance plans.

Microsoft is bringing back the “Refresh” button

If you installed the first preview of Windows 11, you probably know that Microsoft removed the refresh option from the new context menu on the desktop. If you want to access the refresh, you would need to click on “Show more options” in the context menu to access the original or classic context menu.

Windows 11 context menu refresh button

Thankfully, Windows 11 Build 22000.65 enables the “Refresh” option in the main modern context menu. Remember that you can still keep pressing F5 on the keyboard to refresh the desktop, but this new shortcut comes in handy if you prefer mouse input.

Another big change is the addition of a new search bar in the Start Menu. The new search bar is apparently a shortcut to the existing Windows Search, and it cannot show search results within the Start Menu. It’s possible that this functionality will be added in future updates, but for now, it’s merely a shortcut.

As part of the latest changes to the Start Menu, Microsoft has disabled the hack that allowed users to restore Windows 10 Start Menu.

In addition to these quality improvements, Microsoft has also fixed tons of issues with the taskbar, Start Menu, and other apps.

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Mayank Parmar is an entrepreneur who founded Windows Latest. He is the Editor-in-Chief and has written on various topics in his seven years of career, but he is mostly known for his well-researched work on Microsoft's Windows. His articles and research works have been referred to by CNN, Business Insiders, Forbes, Fortune, CBS Interactive, Microsoft and many others over the years.